How To Add Widgets To Mac Desktop

Blog Summary – If you are looking for a way to add widgets on your Mac, this post will help you. As we tell you how to use the manual as well as a third party tool to help you with adding widgets to your desktop on Mac.

Widgets allow you to quickly access apps on your device. While widgets are available easily on the iPhone and iPad, Mac seems to still keep it in the Notifications Centre. However, this makes widgets on Mac seemingly inconvenient to access for some users. However, with the announcement of macOS Sonoma, you can now access widgets on desktop Mac. But with the older version it is not available. In this post, we have discussed how to add widgets to Mac desktop using different methods.

How To Add Widgets To Mac Desktop?

You can get your widgets on your desktop using Notification Centre. Here you will see two sections, one for the notifications for Mac and the second for widgets.

Step 1: You can open Notifications Centre by clicking on Date & time on Menu bar. Alternatively, you can open Notifications Centre by swiping right on trackpad.

Notifications Centre

Step 2: Bottom section will show you the option to Edit Widgets, click on it.

Step 3: Under the Widget categories, look for the specific category or widget with its name.

Step 4: Move your cursor to the widget you wish to add and get a preview of the information. Here you can click on the Add button to add it in the list of widgets.

It is possible to get widgets in different sizes and you can see this information in preview. To change its location, you are required to drag & drop the widget.

Once all the widgets are added as per your choice, click on the Done button.

So, in this way you can add widgets to your Mac desktop. Widgets on your desktop seem to be a great option to improve productivity, however, it is not recommended to keep widgets on the desktop if you have a small screen.

Bonus Tip

If you want to get third-party apps as a widget on your Mac desktop, you can always use the third party apps such as Flotato or WidgetWall. Use Flotation app to get web apps from any of the websites you frequently use. Read Flotato app review to know more about it.

If you download WidgetWall on your Mac, you can use several of its features to customize widgets on your Mac. It can automatically add useful widgets to your desktop. Also gives you an option to customize the size of the widgets in three different sizes – small, medium and large. The WidgetWall menu bar allows you access with all the necessary widgets for Mac such as clock, browser, weather, calculator and photos.


How to Keep Widgets on Desktop Mac Working on macOS Sonoma?

Macos Sonoma

If you have access to macOS Sonoma you can use the easy steps to get widget on desktop Mac (Presently macOS Sonoma Preview is only available to developers). Follow the instructions –

Step 1: On your desktop, right-click anywhere on your screen and select Edit Widgets.

Step 2: A window will appear at the bottom of your desktop which includes a number of application widgets. You can select from the different categories of News, Find My, Notes, Photos etc.

Step 3: Select the one you want and drag and drop it on the desktop at a location you wish to be placed.

Easy as cake, you can now drag and drop as many widgets on your desktop as you wish. For those of you who do not have access to macOS Sonoma, yet have to wait for Mac desktop widgets.

Conclusion –

This is how you can easily add widgets to your Mac desktop. Whether you find the inbuilt method convenient to add the widgets desktop or to use the third party application like Flotato and WidgetWall. Both the methods work as per your convenience of adding widgets to Mac desktop for easy access of certain applications.

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  • comment_avtar
    Followed the steps, went to Mission Control and there is no Dashboard option available. Tried these steps twice and still unable to see dashboard as on option in Mission Control.

    2 years ago
    • comment_avtar
      Mridula Nimawat
      Hello Jason, Can you specify the macOS ? Thank you

      2 years ago
  • comment_avtar
    can i do this with big sur?

    2 years ago
    • comment_avtar
      Mansi Vijay
      Hey Lola, To add a new widget on your Mac, running Big Sur version, all you have to do is: 1. Click on the app on the left side and find the widget you’d like to add and use. 2. Select the size of the widget icon according to your convenience. 3. Simply drag the widget to the right side into the current widget setup to set its place. 4. You can go ahead adding more widgets, or simply click somewhere on the empty screen to complete the process! We hope this resolves your query!

      2 years ago

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